Wednesday, June 7, 2017

AILA Leaves Texas for 2018 Annual Conference, Citing SB 4



The Texas Tribune reports that the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the largest national association of immigration lawyers, will no longer be holding its annual conference for 2018 in Texas.  The annual conference - which typically draws about 3,000 people, including a number of immigration law professors and readers of this blog - had been scheduled to take place in Grapevine, TX.  But concerns over the state's recently-passed "anti-sanctuary" law SB 4 led the conference organizers to pull out of the location and instead seek a new site for the conference.  SB 4 is scheduled to go into effect on September 1 and allows law enforcement to question the immigration status of persons detained or arrested.  SB 4 also punishes department heads and elected officials who choose not to cooperate with federal immigration.


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